Czech Advent and other traditions leading to Christmas in Czechia (Podcast about Czech culture)

Ahoj! Hello! Today it will be slightly different episode – the advent season is here and if you are living in the Czech Republic or if you are interested in Czech culture, you should know about the traditions that are usually taking place in the time of 4 weeks (Sundays) before Christmas.

In todays episode I’ll be talking about the Christmas Wrath, st. Nicholas, Christmas markets, Czech Christmas cookies, Peace Light of Bethlehem and other tiny peaces of Czech culture that are related to the pre-Christmas time.

It was obviously not that easy to get the illustration pictures for these in the current situation but thanks to the help of my friends (special thanks goes to Lucka, Hanka and Jirka :-)), I was able to get together photos from Czechia, Germany and Austria.

I hope that you will enjoy the podcast!

Czech Advent and other traditions leading to Christmas in Czechia (Podcast about Czech culture)
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The Czech Start-up scene is currently growing, says Isabell Mayrhofer, an Austrian living in Prague

Isabell Mayrhofer decided early on that she would like to see the world. So far she has lived abroad for nearly 15 years now (USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Singapore, France). She is currently living in Prague and working for a Start-up Live Penalty which focuses on the development of a mobile game combining the real and the virtual world of football. 

Previously she has been working for another Czech Start-up (Automobilist), so you can take a peek inside this booming Prague scene. 

Before her Czech Start-up career, she has been working in the film industry in Hollywood, so you can look forward to stories from this part of the world. And of course, we talked also about the similarities between the Czech and the Austrian culture (especially when it comes to food :-)).

Enjoy!

P. S. You can check more about the mentioned Start-ups here: https://www.livepenalty.com/ 

https://automobilist.com/

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Prague can be European Silicon Valley, says Mehmet Ekmekçi, Turkish Game Developer living in Czechia

Mehmet Ekmekçi came to Czechia to study at ČVUT. What was his Czech University experience? What did he know about the Czech Republic before coming here? What does he think about the Czech gaming industry and what’s his favorite Czech game?

You will find the answers in the podcast and even a bit more. 🙂

Enjoy!

P. S. You can learn more about Mehmet here: https://mekmekci.carbonmade.com/

Prague can be European Silicon Valley, says Mehmet Ekmekçi, Turkish Game Developer living in Czechia
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I like that there is nothing to worry about in Czechia, says Vietnamese-Czech journalist Viet Tran

The Vietnamese are the third biggest group of foreigners living in the Czech Republic. If you’re surprised by that fact, you can check my previous podcast with an explanation of a bit of a Czech-Vietnamese history.

Currently, there is already a new generation of Vietnamese-Czechs who were born in Czechia. What is it like to live as an Asian looking person in a central European country? Is it a good idea for Asians to move to the Czech Republic? Where should you go if you are planning a trip to the Czech Republic and you would like to see a bit of Vietnamese community life?

Viet Tran, a Czech journalist living in Prague answers these questions. And as he is also a Moravian he adds few tips for foreigners wanting to see this part of Czechia. Viet is also a gaming journalist, so you can look forward to a brief introduction to the world of Czech games and he also adds few tips when it comes to Czech movies and food.

Enjoy!

P. S. Mentioned Czech words: Postřižiny, Spalovač mrtvol, špička, větrník, Kroměříž, Brno, Olomouc

I like that there is nothing to worry about in Czechia, says Vietnamese-Czech journalist Viet Tran
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I really like Czech traditions, except for 2, says Richard Savage, Briton living in Czechia

Richard Savage is an English lecturer, musician, and voice artist, who has been living in the Czech Republic for almost 20 years. 

I couldn’t resist to ask him some crucial Czech questions like:

What did he know about Czechia before moving here?

Was he afraid to move to a post-communistic country?

How does he handle black Czech humor?

What does he think about Czech traditions?

What about Jára Cimrman?

And some more. And Richard was kind to answer them all 😀

Enjoy!

P. S. Here is a link to Richard’s website: https://www.richardsavagevoice.com/

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Trump or Biden? Who would be the next Czech president in a parallel universe? Podcast with Tomáš H.

Both I and Tomáš Hostýnek enjoy a bit of a talk about politics. We decided to play a small game – we imagined a parallel universe where Donald Trump and Joe Biden are Czech presidential candidates. Who would have a chance of winning? 

Surprisingly we found quite some parallels to the last Czech presidential elections – where it was a battle of president Zeman running for his second term and of academic Jiří Drahoš, a favorite of the liberal part of the Czech society.

Enjoy!

P. S. If you speak Czech, you can also find our podcast on the second channel „Expatka Katka“.

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The Czech Republic or the United Kingdom? To which European country should you move? Czech podcast

We are 2 Czechs (1 of us is living in the UK) and we decided to play a small game. We imagined that an Indian guy would like to move to Europe. He is not sure which country he should choose. And we will try to help him in his decision-making process. We hope that you will enjoy our friendly, easygoing, and hopefully a bit funny talk. 🙂

We covered these topics:

1. People

2. Beer

3. Salary

4. Entry costs of living

5. Unemployment rate

6. English

7. Traveling around Europe

8. Public transportation

9. Contactless payments

10. Currency

11. EU

12. Healthcare

13. Safety

14. Peacefulness

15. Cultural life

16. Personal freedom (Czech humor)

17. Political correctness

18. Religion

19. LGBT

20. Foreign languages

21. Self-service

22. Introverts

23. Weather

24. Sports

25. Cuisine

26. Girlfriend

Did we miss anything crucial? Let us know 🙂

P. S. If you are learning Czech you may also enjoy podcast in the Czech language  “Expatka Katka”

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I always encourage my students to speak, says Czech University teacher Tomáš Hostýnek

Ahoj! Hello! Today we started a new series – English interviews with Czechs or foreigners connected to the Czech Republic. It was a pleasure to have as the first guest Mr. Tomáš Hostýnek, political scientist, and teacher working at the Westbohemian University in the department of English language and literature. It is a light-hearted talk about his English language education, the world of gaming and we also spoke about the upcoming American presidential elections. Enjoy!

I always encourage my students to speak, says Czech University teacher Tomáš Hostýnek
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Czech legend for the times of the state of the Emergency – Blanik knights

Are you familiar with Czech legends? There are knights waiting inside of the Czech mountain Blanik waiting for the time of the highest emergency to come out and save the day! I will tell you more about this story and also about the mountain and a cave with statues of these legendary heroes. Enjoy the podcast and stay safe and healthy during these days!

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Czech names and name day celebration in the Czech Republic

Name day celebration is a pretty awesome thing. You can take a look into the Czech calendar and see who from your Czech friends has a name day today! Also, you will learn about the current popular Czech baby names and about how you can congratulate your Czech friends on their name day. Enjoy!

Czech names and name day celebration in the Czech Republic
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